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11:30 AM on 02.21.2014

Foiled is another head game fueled by fencing

Last weekend, I dropped in on IndieCade East to have a look at some of the new games being shown off. Foiled is one such game and I can't get it out of my mind. Designed by first-time developer Gabe Cuzzillo, it puts two...

Conrad Zimmerman


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1:30 PM on 02.01.2014

Pale Machine is a playable mouth and eyeball music video

What did you get on Christmas last year? If you're a daily Destructoid reader, then the answer is "a free weird videogame" in the form of Beokay, a music infused space shooting romp. Beokay was the first release in the P...

Jonathan Holmes

10:00 PM on 01.10.2014

Sir, You Are Being Hunted dev released a cool, free racer

The lovely, successful Kickstarter game Sir, You Are Being Hunted is sitting in an alpha state. I'm eagerly awaiting its completion -- it's expected to be in beta within a few months -- so I can be chased around an island fo...

Steven Hansen

7:00 PM on 01.10.2014

Your classmates are dolphins, you have to cheat on a quiz

Have you ever been woefully ill-prepared for a test that could negatively impact your life because of the test score blinded educational system? And, also, all your classmates were dolphins? Welcome to Classroom Aquatic. As ...

Steven Hansen

1:00 PM on 11.17.2013

Zoe Quinn launches Tidbytes: Biweekly free games for you

Some people want to make videogames. A lot of want to play videogames. Everyone wants to get something for free. Tidbytes brings all those wants over one roof.  Zoe Quinn (Depression Quest) latest project pledges to prov...

Jonathan Holmes

5:45 PM on 11.12.2013

Bubsy goes to a museum and then to Hell in this tribute

Developer Arcane Kids wanted to do something, uh, nice (?) for Bubsy's 18th birthday. So, it brought Bubs back in this low polygon, free, 3D browser game, Bubsy 3D: Bubsy Visits the James Turrell Retrospective. It starts off...

Steven Hansen

3:00 AM on 10.24.2013

South Korea suspects North attacking it with free games

The South Korean National Police Agency is warning internet users of free game downloads that could potentially be developed by insidious North Koreans waging cyber wars. Arirang News reports. The police allege free game soft...

Steven Hansen

12:00 PM on 09.22.2013

Shantae: Risky's Revenge free on iOS, has new outfit

The Kickstarter for the Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, the HD re-imagining of the classic character for PC and consoles, is almost fully funded, though we're still pretty far away from snagging all the stretch goals. The most rece...

Jonathan Holmes

5:00 AM on 09.16.2013

Brace yourselves for an 8-bit Game of Thrones platformer

Abel Alves, a Spanish comic artist and amateur game designer, has went ahead and made a game... of thrones... based on the hit TV series (and novels) Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones: The 8-Bit Game is an old school platform...

Steven Hansen

11:30 AM on 08.27.2013

Tower of Heaven creator releases new game Pause Ahead

Do you remember Tower of Heaven? If the answer is yes, skip ahead to the next paragraph. If the answer is "no" because you never played it back in 2009, then you can (and should) rectify that immediately. It's not very long; ...

Darren Nakamura

1:00 AM on 08.06.2013

Easy mode update for Mega Man Unlimited is out

It was only a few days ago when I mentioned that a difficulty adjustment update to Mega Man Unlimited was on its way. Version 1.1.0 is now available, bringing along a whole host of changes. The biggest and most welcome additi...

Tony Ponce





8:30 PM on 08.02.2013

Mega Man Unlimited has been ported to Mac

I don't think I need to repeat how amazing Mega Man Unlimited is. Here's my review again. The original game is only available on Windows, but the wizards at OneWeakness have ported it to Mac so that no one is left out in the ...

Tony Ponce

11:00 AM on 07.26.2013

Super Hexagon, Lone Survivor creators team with 10 indies

Here's a thing we don't necessarily see too often in videogames: anthology. Experiment 12, which you can freely download right here, right now, is a collaborative effort between twelve different indie developers, including Su...

Steven Hansen



Review: Mega Man Unlimited photo
Review: Mega Man Unlimited
by Tony Ponce

I've been championing the fan game community since the day I joined Destructoid, yet I've never before anticipated the release of a fan game with as much fervor as I'd reserve for an official title until Mega Man Unlimited.

It's easy to claim "laziness" or "unoriginality" when talented garage developers apply their skills towards a take on a preexisting IP, but I contend that the best among them possess a great sense of direction for where said IP could go. Whether it's a previously unexplored mechanic in the context of the series or simply a streamlining of familiar concepts, fan games present a wealth of potential, thus it would be foolish to simply brush them aside offhand.

More impressive than a great fan game, however, is a great fan game that completely deceives you into thinking it's an official product. There's usually a "tell" that betrays the illusion -- original art assets that clash with the style of any borrowed assets, an overabundance of recycled music, controls or physics that feel uncomfortably off, etc. But if the deception is successful....

Not only did Mega Man Unlimited deceive me completely, it also may very well be one of the best Mega Man games ever made.

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1:00 PM on 06.29.2013

Free PC game Ripple Dot Zero is Sonic mixed with Strider

It's a pretty slow weekend. Why not kill an hour or two by playing this freeware Flash game just released yesterday? Ripple Dot Zero by Pixeltruss is an homage to the super awesome Genesis years of my youth. Taking its cues ...

Tony Ponce

10:00 PM on 05.02.2013

MoshiMoshi teaches kids about meth, death, and shooting

Colorful, ecstatic, and utterly bizarre, free indie shooter MoshiMoshi may be the oddest game you play today. Conceived at a Braingale game jam, MoshiMoshi is a brief but fun twinstick-style shooter with gaudy visuals and an...

Allistair Pinsof